Make Ahead

Sweet and Sour Date and Tamarind Sauce

March 15, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Makes 1 cup
Author Notes

A must-have condiment for almost any Indian snack. This is an absolutely basic version that can be made at short notice. —Panfusine

Test Kitchen Notes

I recommend making this fruity condiment a day before you plan to serve it, when the flavors have had a chance to develop. After an overnight rest in the fridge, the toasted cumin bloomed and the sweetness receded. It was suave, fruity, delicious served Western-style with good cheese, and really scrumptious daubed on a cream cheese-and pretzel-bread nibble. —creamtea

What You'll Need
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind extract
  • 1/3 cup jjaggery (a type of cane sugar) or dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chile powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds, ground
  1. Soak the dates in the hot water till soft. Reserving the liquid, drain prior to blending.
  2. Combine tamarind extract, jaggery, and chopped dates in a food processor and blend until the dates have completely been mashed up and the sugar has dissolved. Add red chile powder, salt, and toasted cumin powder. Mix well. Add the reserved liquid to dilute if needed.
  3. Keeps for around 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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  • Panfusine
  • LeBec Fin
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  • pauljoseph
  • creamtea
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5 Reviews

Panfusine March 25, 2016
Thank you for the wonderful tasting notes Creamtea, looking forward to trying your pairing suggestions with good cheese!
creamtea March 27, 2016
You're so welcome Panfusine! I recently brought it on a flight--great on a crusty baguette with cheddar. Will have to try it as a dip for a traditional preparation next time. The family truly enjoyed it.
LeBec F. March 8, 2016
i make this without the sugar and use it next to or combined with plain yoghurt as a 'must have' accompaniment to my pakora. Deeeelish!
Panfusine March 21, 2011
wow.. I'd never have thought of combining this with biriyani.. thanks for the new idea pauljoseph!
pauljoseph March 15, 2011
Panfusine, I tried this recipe perfect combination with biryani